There are many reason to love Greenwich, Connecticut. For those of you looking to move out of New York City and into the suburbs, chances are you are considering homes in Westchester County. However, don’t forget to add Greenwich to your list. Here are 10 reasons to move to Greenwich, Connecticut.
Low Property Taxes
Greenwich Real Estate tax is considerably lower than neighboring Westchester. In fact, Greenwich real estate taxes is considered one of the lowest in Fairfield County. Compared to other Fairfield County towns, Greenwich has low mill rates. And compared to Westchester County taxes, there is a big gap in taxes. As an example, if you compare property taxes of $1.0 Million homes in Scarsdale, NY to Greenwich. Greenwich property taxes is significantly lower. The real estate tax for a $1.0 million home in Greenwich ranges between $7,500-$9,500 per year while property taxes for a $1.0 million home in Scarsdale ranges between $23,500-$30,000. Big difference.
Greenwich to New York commute is not as long as you think
Greenwich, Connecticut is not as far as you think. Greenwich to New York Grand Central is only 45 minutes on the Metro North express trains. If you prefer to drive, it is only 1 hour and 7 minutes drive from Downtown Greenwich to Midtown Manhattan.
Greenwich residents have access to 2 beaches and 2 islands. Greenwich Point Park boasts sandy beaches, walking and biking trails, Community Sailing and the Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center. In the summer months, it is common to see families enjoying the beach with a picnic dinner or dinner at the patio overlooking Long Island Sound. Byram Beach is another beach that residents can enjoy. The town just built a new town pool overlookinig Byram Beach. The $6.8 million project was funded by the town and the Junior League of Greenwich. The facility has 2 pools, a splash pad, a concession stand and brand new bathroom facilities. Greenwich residents also have access via ferry to two private islands- Great Captain Island and Island Beach. It is always a treat to take the ferry with kids to these islands.
Greenwich, Connecticut public schools are highly regarded. The district has 11 elementary schools (4 of these schools are magnet schools), 3 middle schools and 1 high school. Greenwich Public school district is often highly ranked. Greenwich is also home to some of the top private schools in the country. These schools include Greenwich Academy, Brunswick School and Greenwich Country Day School. And it is in close proximity to one of the best private schools in the country, Rye Country Day School.
Great Place to Raise Kids
There is always something to do for families in Greenwich. The town offers many recreational sports. My kids learned to ice skate through the town’s Ice Skating clinics at the town’s indoor ice skating rink. There is no shortage of things to do. On the weekends, there is usually a family event to attend. One of my favorites is the Greenwich Reindeer Festival where kids can visit Santa and his reindeers (real reindeers). In the summer, there is a plethora of summer camp options for kids. The Sand Piper beach camp is a favorite where kids spend lazy summer days at the beach doing activities such as nature walk, crabbing and old fashioned arts and crafts.
Award Winning Libraries
Greenwich has 4 libraries with an extensive collection of books, DVDs, CDs and artworks. I love borrowing kindle books and audio books from the library. Each of these libraries run their own children’s programs ranging from Baby Lapsit to Spanish Read-Aloud to Lego Playtime. All of the library programs are free. There are also free children’s programs during vacation weeks. And it’s not only for kids, Adults can enjoy free lectures, free Friday night movies, Meet the author evenings and free concerts at the library.
Lots of Recreation
Aside from the beaches, residents have access to a golf course, indoor ice skating rink, tennis courts, paddle courts, playgrounds and parks. Greenwich is also home to local museums such as the Greenwich Audubon Center, the Bruce Museum, Greenwich Botanical Center and the Bush Holly House Museum.
Lots of Restaurants
Greenwich is home to a wide range of cuisine types- whether you are craving for Thai food, pasta or crepes, there is something for you. There are restaurants in downtown Greenwich, on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich and along Putnam Avenue (Route 1). There are quick service restaurants such as Nantucket’s Something Natural to Cava to Asian chains like Tengda to fine dining establishments such as Thomas Henkelmann. In addition to local restaurants, Greenwich is a few minutes from Port Chester, NY and Stamford, CT which offers a variety of restaurants.
You don’t have to drive to Manhattan to Shop
Why shop in Manhattan, when you can shop on Greenwich Avenue? Greenwich Avenue is lined with shops that you typically find in Manhattan There is a Hermes store on Greenwich Avenue, 4 different Saks 5th Avenue stores (main store, shoes, contemporary and jewelry) and boutique stores ranging from Theory to Lilly Pulitzer to Lululemon. And compared to New York, sales taxes are lower in Connecticut. Every year, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce organizes a sidewalk sale in July where there are unbelievable deals. It is such a popular event that Westchester and other Fairfield County residents shop the Greenwich Sidewalk Sale. Greenwich is also home to Manhattan food store chains. You will find Citarella and Balducci’s on Putnam Avenue and Fairway Stamford is a quick 10 minute drive away.
Greenwich Town Party
Every summer, residents attend the Greenwich Town Party. It is so popular that tickets sell-out within minutes. The town party is a full day event with bands, children’s activities and food trucks. Past headliners have included Earth Wind and Fire, Hall and Oates, Steely Dan and Eric Clapton.
If you are still on the fence about moving to Greenwich, CT. Don’t be…it is a great place to live.
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